A large part of car ownership is knowing how and when to maintain your vehicle, so that it runs like it did the day you bought it. Especially for drivers in the Dallas, Clarks Summit, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, area, proper car maintenance is of the utmost importance. Audis are of no exception to this either, which is why it's crucial to understand the lights you see on the dashboard of your Q5. Learn about the varying warning lights you could see in your Audi and how you should address them with our Audi Q5 dashboard light guide

Indicator Lights

These following lights will illuminate when specific systems are or are not in use. Depending on the trim level of your Q5, the number of systems available in your car might vary.

  • Lane Assist: In green, this light means that your lane assist feature is active. When you see this light in yellow, it is inactive.
  • Parking Brake: A red "P" will appear when your parking brake is actively engaged.
  • Glow Plug Pre-Heating: Specific to Audi, this light shaped like a yellow coil will illuminate when your engine is too cold. When the light goes out, it is safe to operate your Q5 without causing damage to the engine.
  • Cruise Control: This green indicator lets you know that your cruise control system is active. For the "vehicle in front" warning lamp, green means you're safe to continue driving with the cruise control on. Alternatively, red means you are approaching a slower car and should deactivate the system.
  • Adaptive Air Suspension: A green or yellow light means this system is currently in use.

These lights usually don't indicate that something is wrong with your vehicle; it's just your Audi's way of letting you know which systems it is currently using.

Warning Lights

Typically, the following lights indicate that something is wrong with your Audi Q5. To stay safe on the road, take your Audi to a certified technician who can address the concern related to the specific warning light.

  • EPC: Specific to Audi, this light means that the engine of your Q5 needs maintenance.
  • Engine Emissions: A yellow light shaped like an engine will illuminate when your engine emissions system is working improperly.
  • Airbag: This red light indicates that something has gone wrong with your airbag system, which should be addressed as soon as possible.
  • ABS: Your Anti-Lock Braking System keeps your wheels from locking up when braking, and a red light means this system isn't operating properly.
  • ESP: The Electronic Stability Program needs maintenance when you see this yellow light illuminate.
  • Lock Key: Your Audi Q5 lock key system needs some attention if you see a red key light up on your dash.
  • Oil Pressure: When your oil pressure is low, a red oil can will illuminate. Regular oil changes can prevent this from happening.
  • Battery: If something's wrong with your Q5's battery, a red battery-shaped light will appear.
  • Coolant: The coolant level in your Audi keeps your engine from overheating. When you see this red light, take your Q5 to a mechanic.
  • Brakes: Arguably one of the most important systems in a car, a red brake or parking brake warning light will appear when something's not right.

Again, these lights indicate that a system in your Audi is not working properly. In order to protect both your car and yourself, have a professional fix the issue as soon as possible.

More About the Q5 Dashboard Light Guide

Consulting your owner's manual is always a good place to start when you're unsure of a light you see on the dash of your Q5. If your Audi needs maintenance or repairs, don't hesitate to contact our service center here at Audi Wyoming Valley, serving the Dallas, Clarks Summit, and Wilkes-Barre areas. Schedule your service appointment online.

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